Barack Obama
Obama standing with his arms folded and smiling
44th President of the United States
In office January 20, 2009 – January 20, 2017
Vice President Joe Biden
Preceded by George W. Bush
Succeeded by Donald Trump
United States Senator from Illinois
In office January 3, 2005 – November 16, 2008
Preceded by Peter Fitzgerald
Succeeded by Roland Burris
Member of the Illinois Senate from the 13th district
In office January 8, 1997 – November 4, 2004
Preceded by Alice Palmer
Succeeded by Kwame Raoul
Personal details
Born Barack Hussein Obama II(1961-08-04) August 4, 1961 (age 55)Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Michelle Robinson (m. 1992)
  • Malia
  • Sasha
Relatives See Family of Barack Obama
Awards Nobel Peace Prize (2009)Profile in Courage Award (2017)


Dear Mr. President-

I am originally from Chicago (grew up in Skokie) but living in Italy now for more than 40 years, having been married to an Italian-though now separated. I am so proud to tell people that I'm from the same city as Obama!! My older daughter, Sasha (!) is married and living in Austin, TX with her Peruvian husband and my 1-year-old grandson. My younger daughter, Lisa Delaney, lives in Assisi with her father.
I have thought many times of moving back to the States to be near to Sasha and my gand-son but Sasha always tells me that it would be next-to-impossible to live there. . I have MS and am in a wheel-chair (I am 65)-here i have all my medical needs for free-plus any accessories I need, due to my disease, for free. I live in a fantastic appartment on the ground-floor that is government-owned and especially low-cost. Any medical appointments that I need are all free and I can always ask for the appointment to be done at home, since I'm in a wheel-chair and have a very serious disease, Even a new wheel-chair every 6 years is for free. And every year I get an anti-flu shot at home for free!
After telling you all this, maybe you agree with Sasha that I'm better off here in Italy. I would just like to hear YOUR opinion. Is it true, then, that MY country would never give me all this? And no insurance company would be willing to insure me with my already-existing disease? So I have to say that my daughter is right,,,
I DO want to tell you, though, that the American Embassy in Rome has been VERY helpful to me. A few years ago, Sasha gave me a gift of a plane-ticket to her new home in Austin but my passport was expired. It would have been impossible for me get to them (about a 3-hour drive from here)-and impossible for me to spend a night there if I found a wheel-chair accessible hotel, I still would have needed someone to help me. So the good people at the American Embassy came TO ME! They re-newed my passport in my home!! It was fantastic! And one more thing I'd like to tell you -My care-giver lives with me-I pay her 600 euro a month. Up until a few months ago the Hebrrew Social Sicurity Societty in Rome was helping me, paying a third of the total-with my husband paying a third and Sasha the other third -until the Hebrew Association was unable anymore-since they live off of donations and people weren't donating anymore......I was desperate because I cannot live without help-so I asked the Embassy (or Consulate?) and now they took the part of the Hebrews, thank God! So I just want to share with you my gratitude for the help I'm getting.
And, after hearing my whole story, do YOU, too, think I'm better-off, too, to remain here? And forget the idea of moving back there? ........
There are times when I miss America-and Chicago-SO much but I NEVER wanted to bbe a burden on my children-when I was there at Sasha's house, not only did she and her husband pay my plane-fare, she also paid for a woman to come every morning to help me get up (when Sasha went to work) and dressed every morning, and for the necessary things I ,need (a lifter, a shower/chair, etc.,)-I lovre her SOO much, but I NEVER woild've thought I'd be a burden like my grand-mother became on my mother and her brothers! Life is so full of surprises.... Anyway, my visit there must have also brought fortune because the year after, Sasha (who had always said she'd never be a mother!), was expecting my then to-be beautiful grand-son and make me a Grandmas!
When you were here recently to meet with the Pope, I had wished you would have been able to come here! But, of course, I obviously knew that was just a dream!....
Many thanks foir your time and attention1
Joyce Shulman Cruciani
piazza Martin Luther King, 8
06088 Santa Maria degli Angeli (PG )

TEL. cell-phone 3202192027 oppure (075) 8043214
(p.s. Isn't it amazing to live in Italy at such an important addtess?)

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